Welcome to the Australian Bush Poets Association
WELCOME. Membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers
and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre. If
you have an interest in this piece of Australian culture called bush poetry, you have come to the right place.
The objectives of the Australian Bush Poets Association are to foster and encourage the growth of bush poetry in Australia. By definition, Australian bush poetry is metred and rhymed poetry about Australia, Australians and/or the Australian way of life.
To join the Australian Bush Poets Association and receive our bi-monthly magazine, go to our Membership page.
The ABPA keeps in touch with its members through this website (and forum) and our bi-monthly magazine of bush poetry news, events, results of written and performance competitions as well as samples of contemporary bush poetry. Many members have books, CDs and other products. These can be advertised in the magazine. For rates, click here. The deadline for ads and other content for the magazine is the 22nd of the month preceding publication. Magazines are published at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December.
Check out our Facebook page.
Tamworth Country Music Festival 2023
ABPA National Championships approach
See previously featured poets.
See previously featured achievers.
Anthology On Sale
Anthology of ABPA poets past and present is now on sale $28
posted (within Australia).
A who’s who of modern bush poetry.
62 poets, 192 pages.
More information here (pdf).
On This Site
Forms and direct deposit information.
Take part in our online forum.
See and hear some of our modern Bush Poets.
Poets often tell yarns too.
Read some great Aussie yarns.
You’ll find regular poetry gatherings around the country.
Meet a poet or two.
Read about what some of our members have achieved.
Roll of Honour
Australian Bush Poetry Champions and ABPA executive members.
Magazine Advertising Rates
2022 ABPA Committee
- ABPA Committee Executive
President — Tim Sheed
Vice President — Ray Essery
Secretary — Meg Gordon
Treasurer — Christine Middleton
- Committee Members
- ABPA State Delegates
NSW — Bill Kearns
Victoria — Jan Lewis
Queensland — Peter Frazer
WA — Irene Conner
- Magazine Editor — Neil McArthur
Public Officer — Gregory North
Facebook Editor — Jan Lewis
Webmaster — Gregory North
President’s Report December-January
The Australian National Bush Poetry Championship gets closer and the
entries are starting to roll in.
Entry form and information available on the ABPA website and the Orange 360 site as well.
This is very well organized festival that has been refined over the years and will be a lot of fun. The poetry performance competition is being held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2023 at the Returned Services Club in Orange. There are a number of poets breakfasts, a poetry slam and opportunity, on Saturday 25th for people to perform who don’t want to compete in the National Championship.
In general, festivals with a bush poetry component are going as well as they ever have which is very heartening.
I recently conducted a two day poetry writing workshop for the kids at Bedourie State School. They were very engaged and full of ideas, so bush poetry is not dying it just needs to be encouraged.
The digitizing of all our past magazines is continuing, with the last seven being found recently.
On a non- poetry note it has come as a bit of a shock to leave temperatures in the high thirties to return to the mid teens and raining.